Today I'd like to talk about one of the things I enjoy- herbal tea.
I like almost all kinds of tea. Black, green, oolong, rooibos, herbal. Love them all.
I typically drink black tea with cream and sugar, my green with a drop of honey, and my rooibos and herbals plain. And if you are having a nice little tea, I *highly* recommend a good scone with clotted or Devonshire cream. Slather it on like you would butter, use a little jam if you'd like, and oh. my. goodness. YUM. (In case you are unfamiliar with clotted cream and Devonshire cream, it looks a bit like a cross between butter and whipped cream. It is slightly sweet and an oh so yummy addition to baked goods.)
But herbal teas are one of my great loves. I have been known to make up blends of dried, loose herbs and take them with me wherever I go. Once, my mother warned me I could get arrested for carrying a bag of nettle that looked suspiciously like marijuana. But so far, no arrests. :)
Ah, herbs. When it comes solely to taste, my favorite herbs are chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, hibiscus, and orange peel.
As far as medicinal qualities, I always have on hand a wide variety, and recommend you do too. Some of my favorites include nettle (though I confess I loathe the way it tastes and typically combine it with other palatable herbs to get it down), red raspberry, oatstraw, red clover, alfalfa, spearmint, and rose hips. There are many more, but these are the ones I use the most.
I'll often take a couple tablespoons of the loose (dried) herb, put it in a tea ball or tea bag (they make these so you can make your on tea bags- you can buy them online or at health food stores) place it in a mason jar and cover it with boiling water, allowing it to steep a few minutes. If I want it more potent, I simply let it steep longer.
I find herbs are a beautiful way to take care of yourself (and your family!).
To illustrate, lately I have been retaining a lot of water from the time I was on prednisone. Cornsilk is a powerful diuretic. I put a few tablespoons in a tea bag, plopped it into a mason jar, covered it with boiling water and let it steep. Viola! An infusion that works as well as any prescription diuretics without dangerous side effects.
I'm not a doctor and don't claim to be, but I can tell you, from my personal experience, that herbs are a delightful thing to study and use. They are also powerful medicines, and therefore should be treated with respect. I believe God gave us these amazing substances to promote our health and healing.
I have personally used herbs to treat all kinds of ailments in both myself and my family. All kinds of things, from allergies to colds and flus, to stress and anxiety, to pain, insomnia, iron deficiencies, varicose veins, etc.
Warning: loving herbs is contagious. I can hardly make myself a cup of tea without one of my children begging for some.
All right, I admit... I kind of like that about them. :)
I just finished drinking a cup of chamomile. Lovely. Feeling very calm and relaxed and...
just about ready to go to sleep.